|1.||[ noun ] (military) the action of attacking the enemy|
|Related terms:||operation counteroffensive dirty_war rollback|
|2.||[ adjective ] violating or tending to violate or offend against|
"violative of the principles of liberty" "considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity"
|3.||[ adjective ] causing or able to cause nausea|
|Synonyms:||loathsome nauseous noisome sickening vile nauseating|
"a nauseating smell" "nauseous offal" "a sickening stench"
|4.||[ adjective ] causing anger or annoyance|
|Related terms:||inoffensive abusive harmful disrespectful offensiveness|
|5.||[ adjective ] morally offensive|
"an unsavory reputation" "an unsavory scandal"
|Related terms:||savory odoriferous|
|6.||[ adjective ] for the purpose of attack rather than defense|
|Related terms:||defensive hit-and-run assault marauding assaultive incursive antipersonnel on_the_offensive aggressive hostile|
|7.||[ adjective ] unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses|
|Related terms:||inoffensive hideous objectionable disgusting disgustful abhorrent charnel rank verminous scrimy creepy ghoulish evil unpleasant hateful unpalatable offensiveness|
|8.||[ adjective ] of an offensive substitute for inoffensive terminology|
"`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'"